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First monkeypox case confirmed in Whatcom County

Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD) confirmed the county’s first monkeypox virus case, or MVP, August 2 in a resident in their 50s. The person was isolating at home after likely being … more

Whatcom County Health Department releases two-year pandemic analysis

The Whatcom County Health Department has released an analysis of local Covid-19 data for the first two years of the pandemic, from March 2020 through February 2022. The report focuses on four major … more

Preliminary August primary election results foretell tight races in November

The August 2 primary election is turning out to be a hot election in Whatcom County. About 30 percent of the 155,458 registered county voters had turned in their ballots as of 8 p.m. Election Day. … more

City’s planning power outage on August 8 and 9

The city of Blaine’s Public Works Department scheduled two overnight power outages from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. for the nights of Monday, August 8 and Tuesday, August 9. Many Blaine residents will be … more

Ferndale cop from Blaine faces attempted child molestation charges

A Ferndale police officer who lives in Blaine was charged with attempted child molestation after allegedly propositioning a woman, whom he met while responding to a 911 call, for sex with her and her … more

City hall demolition expected to start Monday, August 8

Nearly a century of history will come down as the city of Blaine’s public works department is prepared to start demolishing the old city hall. The 1927 building at 344 H Street will be … more

Birch Bay’s 2022 Rollback Weekend and Sand Sculpture Contest

Birch Bay’s annual Rollback Weekend and Sand Sculpture Contest drew crowds July 30 and July 31. Festival-goers enjoyed the sand sculpture contest, car show, vendors outside of the Birch Bay … more

Family Care Network remains committed to Blaine facility, CEO says

While not much headway has seemingly been made on the Family Care Network (FCN) clinic in Blaine over the past year, company CEO and president Dr. Rodney Anderson said the healthcare provider is … more

Blaine woman among 12 arrested in connection of alleged drug trafficking ring

A Blaine woman was among 12 arrested in connection with an alleged drug trafficking organization that was running large amounts of fentanyl and other drugs into Whatcom County. On July 25-26, the … more

Birch Bay celebrates National Night Out

The Birch Bay community met with law enforcement and first responders during National Night Out at Birch Bay State Park on August 2.  Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce and Whatcom County … more

Blaine Police Department Reports: August 4-10, 2022

July 22, 3:10 p.m.: Theft on H Street. July 22, 6:19 p.m.: Neighbor dispute on Runge Avenue. July 22, 7:07 p.m.: Noise complaint on A Street. July 22, 8:28 p.m.: Narcotics violation on 2nd … more

Sheriff's Reports, August 4-10, 2022

July 23, 7:27 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident on Giles Road. July 23, 10:47 a.m.: Neighborhood dispute on Tidal Way. July 23, 12:06 p.m.: Traffic hazard on Valley View Road, Custer. July 23, … more

Obituary: Phyllis G. Williams

Phyllis G. Williams  February 18, 1939 – May 13, 2022      A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Cum Laude graduate of Walnut Hills High School 1957, Phyllis earned … more

Semiahmoo hit by unplanned power outage

A cable that shorted under Semiahmoo Resort left Semiahmoo and some surrounding areas without power for about eight hours Tuesday morning. City of Blaine Public Works Department crews were … more

City’s public works director suddenly resigns

The city of Blaine’s public works director Bernie Ziemianek abruptly resigned July 12, submitting his resignation letter the day he left. Interim city manager Dave Wilbrecht said Ziemianek left … more

Blaine school district 4-year budget forecast projects $14 million deficit

The Blaine school board adopted a budget for the 2022-23 school year during its July 25 regular meeting that included a budget forecast for the district’s expenditures exceeding its revenues to … more

Raft race returns to Drayton Harbor Maritime Festival

It’s that time of year for Blaine residents to uncover their pirate swords and eye patches: Drayton Harbor Maritime Festival returns Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7 in Blaine Harbor. … more

WCLS circulation peaked in 2019, rebounding since pandemic

Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) data shows circulation, which was growing before the pandemic, has rebounded since restrictions were lifted but has yet to get back where it once was.  … more
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